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#853308 - 21/03/2010 20:04 Re: Far Nth Queensland wet season Cardwell Nthward 2009/10 March2010 [Re: Pacman]
Watchen Offline
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Loc: Woree, Cairns
Originally Posted By: Pacman
Another interesting fact in regards to Cyclones which cross south of Cairns and the destructive westerly winds.

Westerly Winds in the Cairns Region:
A wind gust of 293.7km/hr (Australian record?) was measured from a Tower on Mount Bellenden Kerr at 2118UTC 19 March. The wind observation was outside the eyewall convection, which was about 10km further south. The tower is located on the eastern side of the mountain peak and about 100 metres below the summit. We need to try and understand these westerly down slope winds, which even in relatively benign situations can produce destructive winds, which tend to reach a maximum at the base of the mountains on the eastern side.
Westerly down slope winds in the Cairns region are notoriously destructive. An example was the so-called tropical Cyclone Agnes in March 1956, which crossed the coast directly over Townsville with a central pressure reading of 960hPa. Agnes had a very large circulation, which after landfall straddled the large mountainous areas south of Cairns. The westerly down slope winds from this cyclone caused more damage at Cairns than the wind damage around the eye at Townsville. Skyrail cableway north of Cairns (see Figure 10) recorded its highest wind speed during Cyclone Larry. A 178 km/h gust was registered at the fourth Tower between its Carvonica base and the first station Red Peak. Tower 4 is at the base of the McAlister Range.

*** I have experienced this first hand when living in Mooroobool when Larry went through, we had destruction all round. When one ventured towards the city the destruction became less and less till it appeared as if there had been no cyclone at all.
All this and more here http://www.ga.gov.au/image_cache/GA8468.pdf


I'm glad you found that Pacman, I was looking for this sort of info the other day, when I posted on Ului about the destructive winds that come down from the mountain. We too had extremely frightening and fierce winds when we lived a few streets up from where we are now closer to the mountain off Too Good road. I did hear rumors of close to 200km winds coming down, but not sure what they would have been but when you're losing trees, front windows falling inwards out of their tracks, lucky for aluminium blinds and me shoving screwdrives etc in them to hold them in place and hubby sliding along on the cement from the wind it must have been pretty strong.

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#853317 - 21/03/2010 20:21 Re: Far Nth Queensland wet season Cardwell Nthward 2009/10 March2010 [Re: Watchen]
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Agreed Watchen, we had an unconfirmed report relayed via the lady at the shop that a customer told her they had 190km/hr winds( I think she meant gusts). My weather stations anemometer failed to keep up as it copped a palm frond in the initial stages of Larry.

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#853324 - 21/03/2010 20:35 Re: Far Nth Queensland wet season Cardwell Nthward 2009/10 March2010 [Re: Pacman]
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Registered: 19/03/2010
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Loc: Brisbane
Originally Posted By: Pacman
Too true CF, looks like it may be back to watering come April if nothing decent eventuates. The nino event is almost over and god willing we swing back to a wetter period. Not all Nino's are followed by a wet event so it will be interesting come Aug/Sept the prospects of the 10/11 wet season.

Have been secretly hoping this Uliu well cross the Mackay area as they have not had a cyclonic event since 1918, long overdue.
We will get ours in due course and we are long overdue for a serious rain event like Townsville's night of Noah,Mackay/Ingham floods. Cairns last serious rain event was back in April 1911 when 512mm fell on the city in 24hrs and a whopping 4032mm for the year.


so a few hundred mm short of a typical Tully year. smile
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#853326 - 21/03/2010 20:38 Re: Far Nth Queensland wet season Cardwell Nthward 2009/10 March2010 [Re: grumbleguts]
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In Redlynch, when umm what was it ... That cat 1 that hit Cardwell last year brought very strong winds down the side of the mountain near me. Lost a few tree's and power, but once you had left Redlynch, the wind was gone! It's really weird!

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#853329 - 21/03/2010 20:44 Re: Far Nth Queensland wet season Cardwell Nthward 2009/10 March2010 [Re: Things]
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Registered: 19/03/2010
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Hahah grumbleguts, sounds about right!

I'm all for a serious rain event here, been far too dry lately for my liking. I was reading the El Nino thread earlier and trying to figure it all out. Probably should read it again once my head is less full of goo, colds and deciphering El Nino do not go well together.

So much for mountains offering protection for you Things!
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#853334 - 21/03/2010 20:51 Re: Far Nth Queensland wet season Cardwell Nthward 2009/10 March2010 [Re: snugaroo]
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I am told by my dad that the wet weather and stuff i that i can remember is nothing compared to the older tropical downpours. He says that they are like waterfalls from the sky (probably hyping it up a bit though)
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#853381 - 21/03/2010 22:05 Re: Far Nth Queensland wet season Cardwell Nthward 2009/10 March2010 [Re: Dawoodman]
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Wish that rain was here, i miss it when it's away! Darn muggy.
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#853385 - 21/03/2010 22:13 Re: Far Nth Queensland wet season Cardwell Nthward 2009/10 March2010 [Re: snugaroo]
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I know eh? I love the rain but once it goes away......HUMIDITY!!!!
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#853388 - 21/03/2010 22:16 Re: Far Nth Queensland wet season Cardwell Nthward 2009/10 March2010 [Re: snugaroo]
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Hmmmm radar starting to fire up a tiny bit quite close, here I was thinking we had a long wait for that line out near Willis to come in. Hopefully we will get something, albeit small.

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#853408 - 21/03/2010 22:39 Re: Far Nth Queensland wet season Cardwell Nthward 2009/10 March2010 [Re: Watchen]
Things Offline
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Registered: 29/11/2009
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Loc: Blair Athol, SA
Wow, thats gonna be some record breaking rain there! Might make it over 3mm for March! poke

Come on, we need a cyclone to finish off the season! Only a small one though poke

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#853409 - 21/03/2010 22:39 Re: Far Nth Queensland wet season Cardwell Nthward 2009/10 March2010 [Re: Watchen]
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Registered: 24/01/2010
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Loc: Tolga, Atherton Tablelands, QL...
hi all does anyone know of any weather sites with data for atherton tablelands? are there any weather stations up here even?

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#853411 - 21/03/2010 22:42 Re: Far Nth Queensland wet season Cardwell Nthward 2009/10 March2010 [Re: EvF]
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I hear you Things, I'd just settle for a big dump of monsoonal rain though, don't need the windy bit wink

>> There is one at Mareeba, link: http://www.weatherzone.com.au/station.jsp?lt=site&lc=31210&list=ob&ut=1


Edited by snugaroo (21/03/2010 22:43)
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#853420 - 21/03/2010 22:57 Re: Far Nth Queensland wet season Cardwell Nthward 2009/10 March2010 [Re: snugaroo]
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Registered: 24/01/2010
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Loc: Tolga, Atherton Tablelands, QL...
cheers thx snugaroo..got that one and watch it frequently..mum is in mareeba & even tho we are what 30kms further up then her the weather can be so difference and then when we go out to the block at tarzali even more different was hoping that maybe possibly there might be locals who upload data

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#853422 - 21/03/2010 23:02 Re: Far Nth Queensland wet season Cardwell Nthward 2009/10 March2010 [Re: Things]
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Just started raining out here, :), quite staedy but not much to it by the looks of the radar.

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#853423 - 21/03/2010 23:03 Re: Far Nth Queensland wet season Cardwell Nthward 2009/10 March2010 [Re: EvF]
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Ah sorry then EvF not sure I can help you with that one! I've often noticed on the tablelands how different the weather can be in one area to another... fine in mareeba, thunderstorm in atherton! Just did a quick google and found:

http://www.weather.org.au/tolga/

Not sure what it's like, didn't have an ultra good look at it.
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#853424 - 21/03/2010 23:04 Re: Far Nth Queensland wet season Cardwell Nthward 2009/10 March2010 [Re: marakai]
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Originally Posted By: marakai
Just started raining out here, :), quite staedy but not much to it by the looks of the radar.


Eeeee did it? I can't hear over the fan *goes and looks* ah yes, it appears to be sprinkling here on the Trinity Beach side of Kewarra.

>> Oh goody it just got stronger, *relief* if I didn't have a cold I'd go and dance in it.


Edited by snugaroo (21/03/2010 23:09)
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#853433 - 21/03/2010 23:22 Re: Far Nth Queensland wet season Cardwell Nthward 2009/10 March2010 [Re: snugaroo]
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Registered: 24/01/2010
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Loc: Tolga, Atherton Tablelands, QL...
awesome ok going to go get lost in that site now thanks snugaroo..on quick look he might be a local i may want to get to know..LOL..seeing as he is only 3 streets away.. nite all

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#853454 - 22/03/2010 01:30 Re: Far Nth Queensland wet season Cardwell Nthward 2009/10 March2010 [Re: EvF]
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Registered: 27/01/2006
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Loc: Holloways Beach QLD
Originally Posted By: EvF
hi all does anyone know of any weather sites with data for atherton tablelands?


EvF, have a look at Marcello's site at the Gorge Ck Orchards :-
http://www.gorgecreekorchards.com.au/
This site takes quite a while to 'look in all the corners', so to speak. He's got about all the WX gear known to man! He receives NOAA on 137mhz, transmits hourly updates on UHF CB,- you name it. You can even find a job on here.

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#853475 - 22/03/2010 07:26 Re: Far Nth Queensland wet season Cardwell Nthward 2009/10 March2010 [Re: hickory]
Watchen Offline
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Registered: 07/02/2007
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Loc: Woree, Cairns
Well, I must have been tired. Slept through some pretty heavy rain. 28mm in gauge. It actually woke hubby and not me. Something must be wrong :-)

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#853490 - 22/03/2010 09:14 Re: Far Nth Queensland wet season Cardwell Nthward 2009/10 March2010 [Re: Watchen]
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Rain bands coming in on radar! Come onn, you can make it!! grin

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